Kids and Smoking: Start the Conversations Early
    March 22, 2010
    Kids and Smoking: Start the Conversations Early

    Each day 3,000 kids start smoking.  One third of them will die from their addiction. Most preschool children today view smoking as an unhealthy, negative behavior.  Somewhere around the time of kind…

    Not a healthy choice: junk foods vs. the school lunch program
    February 18, 2010
    Not a healthy choice: junk foods vs. the school lunch program

    I devoted the previous posts to the school lunch program, a federally sponsored and regulated program, which complies with some (if not altogether satisfactory) nutrition standards for nutrient conten…

    The school lunch is fast-food!
    February 17, 2010
    The school lunch is fast-food!

    We looked at a typical school lunch menu in yesterday’s post and at the nutritionist’s analysis of fat, protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals in that food.  From the nutrient point of vie…

    What’s for (school) lunch?
    February 16, 2010
    What’s for (school) lunch?

    What kind of meal does $1 buy? The government provides $2.68 for the kids qualifying for a free lunch, $2.28 for a reduced price lunch, and $0.25 cents for all other kids.  That sum includes the over…

    Are school meals healthy?
    February 15, 2010
    Are school meals healthy?

    Feeding our kids is a fundamental nurturing act we perform daily, and parents do their best to provide their kids a good nutritional foundation for optimal health. But what happens when kids are out o…

    February 14, 2010
    School food: Parents can make a huge difference!

    Many parents commented on my previous school lunch posts, and told me that they opt to pack a lunch for their kids. It’s sad to say, but for most American kids the only potential source for a health…

    Every Parent Should Learn about Food Imprinting
    February 10, 2010
    Every Parent Should Learn about Food Imprinting

    Dr. Greene's take on food imprinting... What and how our kids eat is central to their health both now and in the long run. Your early food decisions can help your child learn good food in much the sam…

    Learning Foods is Like Learning a Language
    January 27, 2010
    Learning Foods is Like Learning a Language

    I received a great question from @ChowMamaStacie on Twitter (which was posed by @amanda by way of @kidappeal),  "What do you say or do when kids make funny faces as they taste food?” I suggest a lo…

    Pomegranate Juice Prevents Early Puberty?
    January 8, 2010
    Pomegranate Juice Prevents Early Puberty?

    Recent headlines have trumpeted an exciting study about how pomegranate juice may prove very useful at preventing and even treating breast cancer. In test tubes, it’s proven quite effective against …

    Dosing Spoon Surprise
    January 6, 2010
    Dosing Spoon Surprise

    Once again, my take is different than that of most. About 70 percent of Americans measure their liquid medicines in kitchen spoons. But when smart college students were asked to pour a real teaspoon o…

    Greening Up Your Lunch Bunch
    November 19, 2009
    Greening Up Your Lunch Bunch

    All moms worry that their children will eat two bites of their lunch and then feed the rest to the trash can. But have you ever thought about how much packaging your kids throw away, even if they eat …

    September 18, 2009
    It’s Time to Green Your School with greenschools!

    Say goodbye to wasteful bag lunches, plastic water bottles, unhealthy fundraisers, and unhealthy cleaning chemicals that make people sick!  There is so much we can do to make our schools and our plan…

    September 17, 2009
    What Can You Do To Protect Your Children’s Health From Environmental Exposures at School?

    If your children suffer from allergies, asthma, ADHD, hypersensitivity, cancer, diabetes, or a compromised immune system, then feel empowered and know that there are organization like greenschools, wh…

    September 16, 2009
    How Can We Learn if We Can’t Breathe?

    Classrooms across America are often packed with toxic chemicals, chemicals that have been linked to asthma, allergic reactions, chemical sensitivity, ADHD, autism, and other illnesses. (more…)…

    Falling Down: Older Children
    April 6, 2009
    Falling Down: Older Children

    For the population as a whole, falls are the most common cause of unintentional injuries requiring medical care, the leading cause of hospital admissions for trauma, and the second leading cause (afte…

    The Toy-Buying Rule Of Three
    February 13, 2009
    The Toy-Buying Rule Of Three

    A month or so ago, I received a call asking my thoughts on buying toys. (My first thought was, of course - “no please, we have too many!”) Calming down I was able to briefly discuss the “not-qui…

    They Do What They See
    February 12, 2009
    They Do What They See

    My friend Best made an interesting comment yesterday. She said her 6-year-old son had decided to make a ladder. So, he went to the garage, selected some pieces of wood, nails and a hammer and…did so…

    Healthy School Birthday Treats
    February 9, 2009
    Healthy School Birthday Treats

    Recently, after a prolonged period of “promote the sugar high” my child’s school laid down some rules. Up to that point, to my frustration parents and teachers seem to, on a daily basis, ply the…

    February 4, 2009
    Monkey See, Monkey Do Principle of Parenting

    What are you teaching your kids? You may be shocked to realize much of your child’s behavior, whether appropriate or not, is connected to how you parent. Parenting is the toughest job you will ever …

    Get Your Kids Up and Moving
    February 3, 2009
    Get Your Kids Up and Moving

    We all know about the importance of fitting exercise into our daily lives. However, millions of Americans still do not get exercise regularly. With the obesity epidemic all around us, it is time for e…